Tuesday, 31 March 2020

In 24-Hours Online Exhibition curated by Ayshia Taskin

Tropicla Abstacts,2020,digital,yforster
In 24 - Hours' is an online Exhibition of 101 artists........

April 1st - June 1st 2020

Curated by AyshiaTaskin follow - ( ashia.co.uk) and The Wall Space non profit Gallery - also (SHIFT:ibpcpa) livestreamed from these sites there are various theme related streams from April1st -June 1st 3 times weekly, Projects - Enviroment /Ecology on 22/4/20

https://www.instagram.com/shift  ibpcpa/

As part of this online collaboration of artists..A series shown will be Tropical Abstracts..seen below. Similar works will be presented, IN 24 hours, on The Wall Space. This online community artevent was initiated by Ayshia in response to the Global Covid -19 crisis
Thanks for taking time to visit...keep safe in these uncertain times...Namaste   : )

Tropical Abstracts,2017 digital, yforster
Tropical Abstracts, 2018 digital,y.forster

 The series of digitaly eco-themed images are informed by research articles and motivated by reading around subject's, on conservation and ecology. author's such as - Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson and George Monbiot, Inspire me. Artist Polish FranzKrajcberg; whose dedication to protect the natural world,over a number of decades, opened up a new way of seeing and understanding human impact upon our planet.

The works are from primary sourced photo images, digitally manipulated to create a sense of solitary Butterfly alienated from its natural environment in to an abstracted space.

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Experimenting with techniques for larger scale works : Altered Perceptions

Continuing work ...
photo documenting part of images yf 20
 I find it helpful to photo document the ongoing progress of the work, it helps  me to filter through... learn to either stop, change, or keep working on the image... Most of the time it's down to being flexible and not to hasty not too impatient...cultivate curiosity...what if...just experimenting and intuitively responding to the evolving image....Acrylic paint medium is very versatile and works well a variety of other mediums ...In these works I decided to use thickening agents, mixing it into the paint ... hoping that the texture would then add depth and interest as the image evolved. Using vibrant colours that clash, then a further dynamism is worked into the whole process.  Being experimental generates a sense of anticipation, about the next move...from the chaos forms start to emerge out of an abstracted space. 
Close up detail shows texture
clash of colours yf  2020

Use of  heavy textured paint creates depth yf 2020

Energetic brush strokes creating a sense of movement yf 2020 

Work unfinished in  the process of development  part of the  Altered Perceptions yf 2020

Work unfinished overall image emerging yf 2020

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Environmental Art Project- Altered Perceptions

Environmental art work continues .... 

We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been travelling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road - the one less travelled by - offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth. Rachel Carson Silent Spring . 1960 (ref below)

Altered Perceptions yf  2017
This series is part of an ongoing environmental project. Titled, " Altered Perceptions", the work consists mainly of themed mixed media painting's. I work on paper and various sized square canvases.The square shape suits the imagery in the series. Each piece is inscribed with the  phrase " Human kind we are but one thread...all things connect". The images portray a solitary bird or butterfly. The collage photo is embedded into a vibrant painterly abstracted space. The juxtapositioning of the natural v unnatural emphasises the predicament, precarity and alienation of the creature from the origins of its former natural habitat. In this, the era of the Anthropecene, we are begging to realise and experience the increasing impact of unfettered human activity on eco-systems. 

My recent project has specialised in the effects of pesticide use upon wildlife, their habitats and the eco-systems. Highlighting the unforeseen and detrimental knock on effect this also has on humans. I have a keen interest in ecology and conservation and a concern about how human activity is impacting our planet. These aspects largely influence my art projects.I class my work as socio-ecology art.

The images were inspired by Rachel Carson's seminal conservation book titled,  "Silent Spring". Her in depth research in the 1960's, revealed the detrimental effects of industrial farming and pesticide use, had upon bird populations. Fifty years on however, we are still experiencing the ongoing consequences of industrial chemicals and pesticide pollution has on land, in rivers and ecosystems- resulting in the unsustainable effects on wildlife and their habitats.

Most recently I have been working on 2 larger scale images this has been an interesting experience as I often work medium size scale. Inadvertently ordering wrong size canvas- expecting 90cm x 90cm, I felt out of my depth -  canvases are not cheap!
                                                           The images show the progress of the larger scale. Smaller images                                                                  showing the scale comparisons ( :
2 new works above in process..part of
Altered Perceptions series,scale
 142x142cm Mixed media , yf 2020 

I start working by dripping melted wax on to the canvas....so  certain areas of the ground will eventually add a textured effect within the images. I intuitively work applying acrylic washes responding to colours and textures as forms in the work start to emerge. I gradually manipulate certain areas whilst allowing  other sections to naturally blend and fuse with other colours. After drying more layers are energetically added to the composition. I use oil pastels and ink on various areas, it is a very organic, spontaneous, action lead process...The imagery at the side and below show the process of each works development, so far...I am aiming to show a body of these works in a gallery space this coming year. And hope to finish another 8 various sized images. Bringing the total body of work to approximately 20.
Close up detail of new work yf 2020
  Close up detail of new work yf 2020
The close up detail of the work will continue over the next few weeks finally the works will be varnished to protect the paint.

Image shows the different scale. The latest
works are 142x142cm. part of Altered
 perception series 20
Image showing the different scale. The
Latest works are 142x142cm. 2020

Ref Rachel Carson Silent Spring .https://www.azquotes.com/quote/1056668?ref=silent-spring.

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Past artworks ....taking stock


Recently taking stock and reorganising some of my work I came across a few past experimental photo shop images which I thought I would share them with you.

Titled 'Materiality?' the series of works originally started as large experimental installations; created from discarded plastic photographic materials which were then manipulated through photo shop to get the images below.

At the time I was shifting between project ideas. And becoming increasingly interested in the effects of human activity upon ecosystems. The ideas were initially inspired through my involvement with The World Land Trust as an art student early 2013.

The Late Frans Krajcberg (an artist I discovered via TWLT ) worked tirelessly as an eco-activist from the 1970s onwards. He created sculptured installations rendered from the charred remains of Amazon trees. Krajcbergs, inspiring, powerful, poignant artwork is a constant reminder of the ongoing need to protect the Amazonian rain forests. Check him out if you get chance, his quotes concerning ecology have a depth and beauty that would resonate with all who are concerned about climate change issues. 

The growing realisation concerning the eco-chaos caused by human activity -  particularly in the Amazon rain forests - felt like a wake up call.Although I had an appreciation for nature, I had no idea of the extent of the impact human beings were having on the planets eco-systems. Challenged further by my own disconnection and misunderstandings, the last few years my projects have focused on exploring the effects we are having upon all life forms...

It has been heartening to experience the current new wave of deeper understanding of this topic that is now emerging through the likes of Greta Thunberg and the now growing Global Extinction Rebellion Groups; As we collectively start to grasp the severity of climate change we are now immersing ourselves in finding solutions, to reverse the damage, in positively pro-active ways - for the good of all of Earths life forms. 

These works Materiality, consider the cumulative impact of Western consumer culture. Although for a time we were blinded by our capitalist stimulated desires, we are waking up to the environmentally destructive consequences of perpetual economic growth and consumptions.The consequences are depleted natural resources and toxic emissions -This unsustainable approach becoming obvious to us all.

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”Aldo Leopold, The Sand County Almanac 


Frans Krajcberg said...."As a human being, I am completely completely connected to nature. My existence, my life, my culture – is the natural environment. My survival and my creativity depend on it. The knowledge about the destruction of environment pushed me into a huge rebellion, which I express through my work. For over forty years, I have been working, fighting, and condemning the acts of destruction.

https://culture.pl/en/artist/frans-krajcberg ( a great article about Frans Krajcberg)

Materiality I

Materiality II


Materiality V

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Transference ...The 100 artists show preparations commence...Halesworth Gallery.

"TRaNsFEReREnCe"100 Artists ShOW,                                

The Bi- annual 2019 show is under way!...

Having applied to join the collaboration a 100 artists now commence to create art from sheets of dry transfer lettering, we have been given a wide range of typography lettering, all shapes and sizes including numbers. These transfers are old therefore leave no guarantee they will function. The sheets can be traced,scanned, photographed and used as tools for inspiration !! ? &...;'
The event happens with curating the show, which commences on August 15th 2019 at The Halesworth Gallery, Suffolk. P. V. happening on Friday 16th August.

What I enjoy about this event is that each artists ideas will be varied and diverse. Each bringing into the collaboration their own interpretations and meanings...from these dry letter transfers.

My ideas will be based around inspirational conservation / ecology books, and quotations both historical and current. The issues based around the effects of human activity on the Planet over the last 50 + years. So far I have experimented with the lettering making notes and sketches...

The intention is to use ideas from my project work Organik Planet 2030. By reusing old discarded art works - recycling them into new works.The old dry transfers adding to the idea of creating something new from discarded man made materials.... 

Here are some of the dry lettering and a recycled art work.
Exploring ideas by adding the dry transfer lettering words Aldo Leopold , 1949, eco-systems, community, etc relating to Leopolds book

part of unfinished work acrylicpaint, recycled art and dry lettering 2019
by yvonne marie forster

These ideas are still evolving ...eventually I hope to create one piece of artwork from all the small squares not sure how large presently , probably some where between 9 and 18 the final piece is not to exceed 1500mm....

Monday, 1 July 2019

Part of an ongoing series

'Altered Perceptions" are mixed media abstract works on canvas,  60x60cm.  The medium used are washes with layers of thicker vibrant acrylic paints, applied by using a combination of brushes, splattering techniques and palette knives. I also apply ink,and oil pastels. After embedding the collaged photo image into the abstract I finally emboss with gold leaf.

Altered perception, Mixed Medium, 2019
by yvonne marie forster

Over the last few years my practise has considered the impact that human activity has on our planets  eco-systems.
I have explored how industrialised capitalism continually creates and propagates new senses of needs and wants in order to perpetuate itself. The subsequent, internalised desire to consume as an affirmation of self and identity has inadvertently resulted in our alienation from both community and the natural world : The natural world historically seen and perceived as an unlimited abstracted resource of raw materials - And sadly a dumping ground for our human waste.

In the late 1940s Philosopher Conservationist Aldo Leopold's 
perceptive observations still resonate today.....
If we fail to reconnect with nature, both nature and humanity
will suffer."
This recent work is inspired by Rachel Carson’s environmental book, "Silent Spring." The imagery I create are responses to our abstracted view of nature where interconnectivity has often been neglected. Pesticides used to deal with one species of fauna have had (predictable) consequences for other insect species, bees,butterflies and birds. 

Altered Perceptions' are mixed media paintings that portray a solitary butterfly
Altered Perceptions Mixed Media o n
canvas, 2019, by yvoone m 

and/or bird in a vibrant but abstracted space embedded with the phrase....

" Humankind...we are but one thread ...all things connect." The creatures isolated from their natural habitats emphasising the precarious nature of fragile ecosystems when impacted by industrial pesticide's.

On a positive note George Monbiot stated : "An ounce of hope is worth a ton of despair" our current realisation of the need to take stock is hopefully gaining momentum....

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

A Short letter to European Leaders - Carbon Pollution.....

A Short letter to the European leaders - who are making decisions about Carbon Pollution 

past art works relating to this blog)

Dear European Leaders, 

Displacement of The Innocent- 
Mixed media, yvonne forster
At this significant moment in human history, surely, we all must consider the disastrous effects that climate change will bring to all life forms on our Planet. And ultimately, the burden of such devastating effects will be carried by our children and grand children.

There will come a point of no return.This realisation should drive each one of us to seriously make a stand.To consider it our moral duty to protect, overriding the immoral forms of excessive human consumption. What we decide now impacts future generations. I implore you to END the devastating affects of Carbon Pollution.And the knock on consequences.We have laws for many issues.... let us make laws to protect the natural world - Our only home.Please bring an end to carbon pollution.(revised)

 The evocative quote below poignantly reflects the underlying reasons behind the current dilemma we all face ...climate catastrophe.

In 1984, a warning from the UN Director of Environment at the Geneva Conference included this quote in his speech...

Only after the last tree is felled
Only after the last river is poisoned
Only after the last fish has been caught
Only then will you realise that money cannot be eaten- 

If a Tree Falls....Charcoal and Pastel, yf  2012/2
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, in a letter to A.S. Suvorin on October 18, 1888, was quoted as saying:  

"A tree is beautiful, but what’s more, it has a right to life; like water, the sun and the stars, it is essential. Life on earth is inconceivable without trees. Forests create climate, climate influences peoples’ character, and so on and so forth. There can be neither civilisation nor happiness if forests crash down under the axe, if the climate is harsh and severe, if people are also harsh and severe...What a terrible future!"


Beautiful image by Indigenous artist - so connected to the natural world
At the Eden Project Biome 2015

Yvonne Forster -(Remain in Europe), supporter, United Kingdom